Archive for Dezember 4th, 2013

4. Dezember 2013

[Xinhua] Defense Ministry spokesman on China`s air defense identification zone

[Xinhua]
Defense Ministry spokesman on China`s air defense identification zone
Following is a statement made by Geng Yansheng, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, on China`s establishment of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/03/c_132938762.htm

4. Dezember 2013

Warnungen vor Freihandelsabkommens TTIP

Europäische Sozial-, Umwelt- und Verbraucherschutz-Standards stark gefährdet
Vor den Folgen des geplanten Freihandelsabkommens TTIP (Transatlantic Trade  and Investment Partnership) der Europäischen Union mit den USA haben die NaturFreunde Deutschlands gewarnt. Wie deren umweltpolitischer Sprecher Eckart Kuhlwein erklärte, würden damit die „mühsam errungenen europäischen Sozial-, Umwelt- und Verbraucherschutzstandards aufs Spiel gesetzt“. Der vorgesehene Abbau von „nichttarifären Handelshemmnissen“ – gemeint sind scheinbare Beschränkungen durch Sozial- und Umweltgesetze – berge die Gefahr, dass die hemmungslose Ausbeutung der Erde und ihrer Ressourcen beschleunigt werde. weiterlesen @

http://www.linkeblogs.de/hiksch/2013/11/naturfreunde-warnen-vor-freihandelsabkommens-ttip/

4. Dezember 2013

Japan launches National Security Council

Japan’s government has launched its version of the US National Security Council.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened the council’s first meeting on Wednesday at his official residence in Tokyo.

Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attended the meeting.

They discussed issues such as Japan’s security strategy to be compiled this month and China’s unilaterally established air defense identification zone over the East China Sea. They also exchanged views on the possible downfall of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle Jang Song Thaek.

Suga told reporters before the meeting that it’s important for key ministers to meet about once every two weeks to set basic policy on diplomacy, defense and national security. He added that the government expects the council to take charge of such policy making.

The council’s core decision-making panel consists of the prime minster, the foreign and defense ministers, and the chief cabinet secretary.

The government plans to launch a 60-member administrative office for the council next month.

Legislation to establish the council was enacted last week.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20131204_37.html

4. Dezember 2013

S.Korea: Kim Jong Un probably purged uncle

 – South Korea’s top official says Jang Song Thaek, an uncle and mentor of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was probably removed from his posts by Kim himself.

Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae made the remark at a National Assembly committee meeting on Wednesday.

One day earlier, the country’s intelligence agency reported the possible dismissal of Jang from all of his posts, including the vice chairmanship of the powerful National Defense Commission.

Ryoo suggested that Jang’s personal life has not been affected by his removal.

He denied that the move had anything to do with a power struggle between Jang and Choe Ryong Hae, the director of the Korean People’s Army General Political Bureau.

Ryoo suggested that Kim’s power base is firm, rejecting the view that he has not yet taken control of the party, government or military despite his youth. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20131204_40.html

4. Dezember 2013

[Inge Höger] Kommt zur Kundgebung gegen das Auftreten der Bundeswehr an Schulen

[Inge Höger]
Kommt zur Kundgebung gegen das Auftreten der Bundeswehr an Schulen.#Berlin
Morgen tagt die Kultusministerkonferenz in Berlin und wir wollen ihr die rote Karte zeigen. Gegen die Ausbildung von Kindersoldaten und gegen die Militarisierung der Gesellschaft! Mahnwache mit Kundgebung „Für eine Schule ohne Militär – Lernen für den Frieden“ Donnerstag, 05.12.2013 15.00 Uhr Kultusministerkonferenz, Taubenstr. 10, Berlin-Mitte (Nähe U-Bahnhof Französische Str.) https://www.facebook.com/inge.hoger/posts/768829279810579

4. Dezember 2013

Syrian UN Perm Rep Dr. Jaafari confirms arrest of 300 Saudis and death of thousands attacking Syria.

4. Dezember 2013

Exposed: Globally Renowned Activist Collaborated With Intelligence Firm Stratfor Popovic and the Otpor!

offshoot CANVAS (Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies) have also maintained close ties with a Goldman Sachs executive and the private intelligence firmStratfor (Strategic Forecasting, Inc.), as well as the U.S. government. Popovic’s wife also worked at Stratfor for a year. – revelations come in the aftermath of thousands of new emails released by Wikileaks‘ “Global Intelligence Files.” The emails reveal Popovic worked closely with Stratfor, an Austin, Texas-based private firm that gathers intelligence on geopolitical events and activists forclients ranging from the American Petroleum Institute and Archer Daniels Midland to Dow Chemical, Duke Energy, Northrop Grumman, Intel and Coca-Cola. Popovic passed information to Stratfor about on-the-ground activist events in countries around the world, ranging from the Philippines,Libya, Tunisia, Vietnam, Iran, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Tibet, Zimbabwe, Poland and Belarus, Georgia, Bahrain, Venezuela and Malaysia. Often, the emails reveal, Popovic passed on the information to Stratfor without the consent of the activists and likely without the activists ever knowing that their emails were being shuttled to the private security firm. Stratfor saw Popovic’s main value not only as a source for intelligence on global revolutionary and activist movements, but also as someone who, if needed, could help overthrow leaders of countries hostile to U.S. geopolitical and financial interests. So useful was Popovic to Stratfor that the firm gave him a free subscription, dubbed “legit sources we use all the time as a company” by Papic.

In a June 2011 email, Papic referred to Popovic as a “great friend” of his and described him as a “Serb activist who travels the world fomenting revolution.”

“They…basically go around the world trying to topple dictators and autocratic governments (ones that U.S. does not like ;),” Papic says in one email. Replying to a follow up to that email, he states, “They just go and set up shop in a country and try to bring the government down. When used properly, more powerful than an aircraft carrier battle group.”

In response to the “aircraft battle group” email, Stratfor Vice President of Intelligence Fred Burton sardonically said that perhaps they could be sent into Iran. Emails also reveal Popovic served as an information source intermediary for on-the-ground activists in Iran, also informing Stratfor of the funding struggle for “democracy programs” there, as the U.S. government pushed a “soft power” agenda.

http://www.occupy.com/article/exposed-globally-renowned-activist-collaborated-intelligence-firm-stratfor

4. Dezember 2013

[tagesschau] Geheimdienst-Debatte im britischen Parlament

[tagesschau] Geheimdienst-Debatte im britischen Parlament
„Guardian“-Chef wehrt sich
Seit Wochen steht der „Guardian“ wegen seiner Snowden-Berichterstattung unter enormem politischen Druck. Nun musste Chefredakteur Rusbridger vor dem Parlament aussagen. Dabei wehrte er sich gegen Vorwürfe, seine Zeitung habe mit den Enthüllungen die nationale Sicherheit gefährdet. http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/guardian134.html

4. Dezember 2013

NSA Affäre: Entweder ihr (Deutschland) macht mit oder ihr seid dran

Prof. Werner Weidenfeld (ehem. Koordinator der Bundesregierung für die deutsch-amerikanische Zusammenarbeit) in der Talk-Runde bei Beckmann mit: „(…)Wenn wir (die Regierungen von Deutschland & USA) in einer ernsten Frage anderer Auffassung sind, dann kommt Geheimdienstmaterial auf den Tisch, das Deutschland belastet. Und entweder ihr (Deutschland) macht mit oder ihr seid dran.“ http://stopwatchingus.info/allgemein/kommentar-ard-deckt-politische-skandale-auf-und-keinen-interessierts